Here's a few things to consider this season:
Most tick activity is between late Spring and early Autumn, but they can be active during colder months year round.
Some tips to keep your pet tick-free this fall:
- Don’t let ticks cozy up. Eliminate their favourite environments, such as leaf and garden litter, where ticks can sometimes survive even into winter.
- Check for ticks frequently. Brush your fingers through their fur applying enough pressure to feel any small bumps. Be sure to check between your dog's toes, behind ears, under armpits and around the tail and head, too
- Continue using tick control and repellent products, especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors with your pet enjoying activities like hiking, camping, or hunting.
If you find a tick on your pet, its best to kill it before it comes of the animal. Methylated spirits applied to the tick (not the whole pet) should do the job.
There is fungus amongus!
With wonderful NZ weather, who knows what Autumn will bring. If it’s damp and wet it can mean that more mushrooms dot backyards and forest floors. While some mushrooms are perfectly safe, there’s a small percentage that are highly toxic to our furry friends (and to us!). Mushroom toxicity can cause liver, kidney or heart disease and neurological disorders. Clinical signs may take up to 6-8 hours to be noticed after they eat the mushrooms, but at this stage can be too late to fix.
Some of the signs are vomiting, seizures, drooling, nausea and depression. If you think your pet has gobbled up a toxic mushroom, contact your vet immediately!
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Coping with Shedding
In early Autumn, pets begin shedding their summer coat to allow room for their winter coat. For many pet owners, this means pet hair on your couch, your clothes, and everywhere in between. But it doesn't have to be that way. Make time to brush your pet weekly, if not daily, depending on your pet's shedding habits. Brushing your pet will allow you to catch most of the unwanted hair before it ends up around your home.
A Good Reminder
The changing of seasons is always a great time to check your pets ID tags and microchips. Just take 5 mins to make sure all your pets information is up to date and in order- this can prevent so many issues. Feel free to pop in and see us if you have any questions regarding micro-chipping.